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Former Isle of Man medical director wins whistleblowing case against health department

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1232 (Published 17 May 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1232
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The former medical director for the Isle of Man Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has won a whistleblowing case against the department after she was side lined and moved into a “shell” job after urging tougher measures to deal with covid-19 on the island.

The Manx employment and equality tribunal ruled unanimously that Rosalind Ranson was unfairly dismissed for making “protected disclosures”—whistleblowing—when she tried to alert politicians to warnings from local doctors that the service could be overwhelmed unless the island was locked down and the borders closed.

Her advice came at a time when the island had no covid-19 cases. It was put into effect soon afterwards but by then the first covid case had been identified on the island and several deaths, including in a care home, followed.

Ranson took up the job in January 2020 with the understanding that she would transfer to become medical director of Manx Care, the new legal entity that took over the island’s health service from April 2021. But …

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